The 31st National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC February 16 - 18, 2018
"The most important weekend of the year for Arts & Crafts collectors." - The New York Times
Exhibitor Information & Application
Photo by Ray Stubblebine
Thank you for your interest in exhibiting at the National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn.
I hope that before reaching this page you have studied the agenda, noted who some of the other exhibitors are and now have a good idea what this National Arts & Crafts Conference entails, for it is not your typical show.
First, it takes place inside a hotel -- but not your typical hotel. The Omni Grove Park Inn is a mecca for Arts & Crafts enthusiasts, for it was built in 1913 and furnished in the Arts & Crafts style. Today the 512-room resort displays a carefully-blended mixture of authentic antiques and accurate reproductions. Complete with an underground spa, sports center, four restaurants, a nightclub, a dozen meeting rooms and two ballrooms, it is an historic hotel with modern convention facilities.
Second, this is an educational conference which also includes three separate shows: the Antiques Show, the Contemporary Craftsfirms Show and the Books, Magazines & More Show. People come here not just to buy, but to learn, so the educational focus of the conference takes precedent over everything else. Our experience has proven that educated buyers are also confident buyers.
Third, it is all Arts & Crafts. Our attendees do not come here looking for Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau or Modernism. And they don't come looking for "crafts." If your merchandise is not from or inspired by the original Arts & Crafts Movement of the early 1900s, then this show is not what you are looking for.
Fourth, there is not a chronological waiting list to get into this show. While we have many applications on file, when an opening does occur, we study our entire show and we ask, "what do we need to keep the show balanced and fresh?" We get excited when someone comes up with a new idea, a fresh approach, a different product that will still appeal to Arts & Crafts collectors and homeowners.
Finally, since this is not your typical show, our first question is: "Have you previously attended the National Arts & Crafts Conference?" Applicants who have walked the show have a distinct advantage over those who have not, for it is difficult to describe how our show is laid out, where the booths are located and how load-in and load-out are handled to someone who has never even seen the Grove Park Inn.
We do not have a formal application form for you to complete. Instead, we ask that you submit a letter or email answering the following:
1.) Please provide all of your contact information, including any website you have.
2.) Which category of show are you applying for?
3.) Describe what you would bring to the show.
4.) Have you attended the show in prior years?
5.) What other shows have you done in the past two years?
6.) Please provide two professional references (preferably from our list of exhibitors).
7.) Contemporary Craftsfirms: please include two or three photos of your work.
Send to: Bruce Johnson 25 Upper Brush Creek Road Fletcher, NC 28732
Questions? Email Bruce directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (828) 628-1915
Click the 'PDF' icon on the left to download and print the 2017 CONTEMPORARY/BOOKS Exhibitor Worksheet!
Below you will find pictures and measurements for all of the Display Cases and Pegboards available for rent to use in your booth. You should've put a check mark next to the items you wish to rent on your Exhibitor Worksheet earlier in the year. However, if you decide to add or subtract a Display Case or Pegboard, edits can be sent to us up to January 1st. Please email Bruce directly at email@example.com with your request.
Because the Display Cases and Pegboards are sent from Atlanta (and packed on an 18-wheeler several weeks in advance of the show) we are unable to gaurantee any changes in Display Case and Pegboard orders after January 1st.
You need also note that once your order is finalized, unless we hear from you before January 1st, you are required to pay the full cost of your rental. There are no refunds for unused Display Cases or Pegboards!
Counter Case ($295): 20" deep x 70" wide x 37.5" tall (shelf depth is 16.5")
Wall Case ($325): 18" deep x 70" wide x 84" tall (shelf depth is 16")
See-Thru Case ($335): 18" deep x 70" wide x 84" tall (shelf depth is 16")
Tower Case ($335): 16" deep x 51" wide x 79.5" tall (shelf depth is 14")
Horizontal Pegboard: 8' wide by 4' tall (sits 30" off the floor) Single-Sided - $40 Double-Sided - $50 The back must be covered with paper or fabric if it will be visible from your neighbor's booth.
Vertical Pegboard - Front
Vertical Pegboard - Back
Vertical Pegboard: 4' wide x 8' tall Single-Sided - $40 Double-Sided - $50 The back must be covered with paper or fabric if it will be visible from your neighbor's booth.
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